We picked Spain for the May bank holiday, heading to Malaga on Friday 2nd, and returning back on Monday 5th.
We have already been in Andalucia a few times before. I guess we loved it so much that we found ourselves going back again and again. We love visiting Seville, Granada and Cordoba.
These pictures were taken during our stay in Cordoba, city of romance on account of its sensual music and dance tradition. Daytime Cordoba is a relaxed affair of pigeon scattered plazas, pavement cafes and snoozing street corner traders. There is a joke in Cordoba that the day begins at 10pm when the lights dim, clubs open and crowds swell into the city. Traditional flamenco has its time now, stirring Cordoba with an intoxicating energy of whirling colour and the firecracker sound of heels on tile. A dance of exuberance and intensity, the gypsy originated flamenco rejects formality, preferring the freedom of improvised movements to mirror the mood of the moment.
I recall, we were walking from the train station to the hotel, passing by the city’s cobblestone old quarter, Juderia (also named the Jewish Quarter) when, it started to rain heavily; something we wouldn’t have expected in southern Spain during that time of the year. We decided to take this opportunity to rest our feet and sample a glass of the local wine. To our greatest astonishment, we discovered the true taste of Rioja, becoming one of your favourite red wine, it was presented elegantly and at a very affordable price. Once the rain has stopped we decided to leave and head to the hotel but we couldn’t stop reminiscing about the quality of wine and the very affordable price.